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GNR Atlantic 1442 1909


Built by Bing for Bassett-Lowke, this model was first introduced in 1909.


On this locomotive, the paint is in original condition, but the electric motor has been replaced and it now runs on 20v DC.




Made by Marklin around 1913 for sale by Gamages.


As built, this loco had a clockwork mechanism with driving wheels somewhat under-size. This gave the model an unfortunate toy-like appearance. This was a great pity since in other respects, this was an excellent interpretation of the prototype. Probably due to the advent of WW1, the loco seems to have been in production for a short time only. This rather fine model has now been repainted and is fitted with scale driving wheels and a 20v DC motor.

GCR 4-6-0 ‘Sir Sam Fay’ 1923


Although this loco has the appearance of the tinplate Bing for Bassett-Lowke model, it was in fact scratch-built contemporaneously to Bassett-Lowke proportions and utilises original B.L. castings. Unlike the commercial version, this model retains the flange on the centre driving wheels. The former was a subtle adaption by Bassett-Lowke to allow the engine to negotiate smaller radius curves. 20v DC


LB&SCR Marsh Atlantic Tank I3



Having insufficient funds to buy an original tin plate model, I Built this engine from scratch some 40 years ago to exact Bassett-Lowke proportions.


It has a 20v Crailcrest motor and is constructed from heavy gauge steel sheet with a brass boiler. The wheel castings were supplied by Bonds. I have recently repainted the loco as illustrated in the umber brown livery of The LB&SCR.


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Marsh Atlantic Tank 1923


Bing for Bassett-Lowke 1923


This is the original of the copy above. The loco was overpainted by Bassett-Lowke for sale after the railway grouping of 1923.


It has a powerful two-speed clockwork mechanism which will propel the loco for about 120 ft.




S&D 7F 2-8-0



A kit built model which is moderately low-geared and able to haul long goods trains of tinplate stock at prototypical speeds.


This is important on the Duck End line where gradients of up to 1 in 60 are encountered. The loco was built about 25 years ago and has been in regular, trouble-free use ever since.


LMS Whale Precursor Tank


Another scratch built model constructed by the author to Bassett-Lowke proportions.

The loco is still running with an old 4-pole ‘Walkers & Holtzapffel 12v motor made around 1960. It works well but is a bit noisy!




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LNWR George The Fifth 1911




Another early clockwork model with tender from a Bassett-Lowke LNWR ‘Precursor’ of 1907.


Double heading with an electric loco, the mechanism has a long-running spring allowing trains to be realistically operated via the electric controller.

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LNWR Precursor Tank 1910


This loco was originally purchased as a 10th birthday present in 1912.


I found the model in the attics of an old farmhouse in 1965. The farmer sold it to me for £15.00 and I became permanently hooked on Gauge 1 railways!





The prototype was designed by Henry Alfred Ivatt (father of H.G.Ivatt of LMS fame) and was built in 1898.


I think the model perfectly reflects the graceful lines of this late Victorian design. It was scratch built in the 1980’s and has since undergone alteration and repainting by myself .


Now fitted with a powerful motor, the loco will haul tinplate trains of great length.


GWR Small Prairie

45XX Class 1955


Though a little rough around the edges, I like this interpretation of a GWR Small Prairie.


It was built by a railway worker in South Wales during the mid 1950’s and is constructed almost entirely of copper. The scale and build quality match the vintage tinplate stock very nicely.